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David Bowie. I'm a big, big fan of the freaky ol' bastard.
I was watching a documentary on the birth and death of Bowie's alter ego, Ziggy Stardust and frankly, I was blown away. This guy was ballsy. He openly came out as gay in the early 70's, dressed his band and himself in totally outrageous clothing, pulled stunts that shocked the public and went against the grain of popular culture at the time. He knew how to push the envelope and his influence is still being felt and imitated today (Lady Gaga is basically a big Bowie rip-off).
He made art out of pop music. A fecking genius if I've ever seen one!

This got me thinking, are we still capable of being shocked and having culture changing icons? Are we still exploring new cultural ideas or are we just loitering around old ones? Do we hold anything sacred anymore?
Cultural ideals must continually be challenged in order to test their consistency and relevance, but short of endorsing death and torture, is there anything left that is challenging or avant garde?

I'm at a loss. 
  • Listening to: David Bowie
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sgtbuckwheat Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
The next big shift, I believe, will be when reality confronts relativism. Relativism challenged social norms held previously, so people who openly embraced it became icons of a sort. Relativism is the popular state of mind (at least the western world) right now. When something really challenges it that will produce a huge culture shift.
khamya9 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
the problem is not desensitization, it's that instead of getting shocked when someone offers a challenge, now people get offended and then censor the one who challenged them.

people hold many things sacred now, unfortunately for most people it is their own self-love and narcisissm, and/or glamorized ideals that are completely unreal.
Drennith Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
This is partially the problem. Though, in reality, we are still perfectly capable of pushing the bar and shocking each other...We're just playing it safe for now. While her actions were hardly the stuff of the newest of the new, people's reactions to Cyrus were hilarious to me because they WERE so damn shocked...Then offended, even though young women prancing around and acting like sexual icons is far from new.

I still hate her "art" and think she's so far less than even overrated as to be sub-noteworthy...But at least her existence proves people can still be shocked. I'd say faith = restored, but her actions act as a counterbalance to that so...
khamya9 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Solid point.
Drennith Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Thank you! Felt I was taking a fair risk with that, and that maybe my point would not carry through...I sometimes have difficulty illustrating what I mean.
HarukoHoshiko Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bowie is a legend for a lot of reasons, why do you think he runs the Guild?  ~<3
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